Acer Launches Iconia W5 And Iconia W7: Two New Windows 8-Based Tablets

By Sumit Passary | Sep 04, 2012 01:26 PM EDT

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Taiwanese gadget maker Acer revealed the Iconia W7, a Windows 8 powered tablet, and a hybrid tablet/PC, Iconia W5, as well as two ultrabooks at the IFA event in Berlin.

With the Iconia W5, Acer joins the race of the detachable screen laptops along with other popular tablet makers like Dell and Asus. The laptop features a 10.1-in touchscreen, which can be detached from its keyboard and transforms itself in to a tablet. The tablet portion can also revolve and rest on the keyboard for presentations.

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This Windows 8 aluminum tablet has a solid white bezel around the device. The lower bezel is slightly thicker, with a home touch button. The Iconia W5 comes with up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage with the option to expand up to 32GB using a microSD card. The tablet includes a micro USB port; however, a full-size USB 2.0 port would have been ideal. Acer claims up to 18 hours of battery life and six weeks of standby on the Iconia W5. The device weighs 1kg

The Acer Iconia W7 is an 11.6-inch standalone tablet with its own docking cradle. The 11.6-inch tablet features a 1920x1080 Full-HD 10-point touch display. A third-generation Intel Core i3/i5 processor with up to 4GB of RAM powers the Iconia W7. The device comprises Intel Integrated Graphics and packs 32/64GB of on-board storage capacity. The tablet has an aluminum back with a physical Windows 8 home button and is around 12mm thick. The Iconia W7 sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The docking cradle of the tablet also offers three additional USB 3.0 ports. Acer promises up to 8 hours battery life for the Iconia W7.

Reports indicate that in Q2 2012, Acer stayed put in the top 5 in the tablet market. However, Acer's market share has shrunk drastically. With Google Nexus 7 selling like hot cakes, in the long run will the new Iconia W5 and W7 entice consumers and keep the company afloat in the top 5?

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